Providing bespoke funding solutions to support new art.
What we do
We are the only international, independent charitable organisation that pools donations from our partners and patron circles to support contemporary art.
We draw on our network of experts to identify what is most needed in the arts and respond with tailor-made and impactful philanthropy.
We offer unique and insightful experiences to our partners and patron circles at the heart of artistic creation connecting them to our wider global network.
We build strong alliances between the private sector and public institutions, enabling a perfect circle of support: from the production of art to its placement in a public collection.
We are dedicated to supporting projects that challenge thinking and further the artistic discourse to inspire new audiences.
In the face of increasing intolerance, it is the ‘long journey of generosity’ of organisations such as Outset that enable us to deliver ambitious and engaged programmes, deeply committed to the fundamental messages of the arts, which are experimentation, multiplicity, love and inclusiveness.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, The Serpentine Galleries
The most significant support you can receive as an artist comes early. Outset do this with passion, commitment and trust. They show a belief in the process of creating art. It is extraordinary to find people who can share your vision and be in a position to allow new work to be realised both as advocates and be enabling financial support.
Outset is a renowned global network that has the profile to support the arts like few others and open doors to otherwise hidden treasures of art.
Daniel Klier, Outset Young Production Circle Patron. Group Head of Strategy, HSBC
Outset’s ongoing support for Cubitt’s Curatorial Fellowship has enabled the gallery to maintain its commitment to supporting and facilitating contemporary art at its most exciting, challenging and innovative best.
Image courtesy the artist
Morgan Quaintance, Curator
Outset is the finest philanthropy of its kind, offering its patrons the opportunity to engage with contemporary art at the raw, creative level, directly with artists, with immediate impact.
Scott Collins, Managing Director, Summit Partners, L.P., Outset Capital Circle Patron
Outset is simply outstanding: There is no other independent foundation spanning over eight countries empowering institutions and artists to collaborate. Outset puts no limit to the possibilities and embraces creativity with great courage. Outset is the life support for ambitious works of art.
Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Outset supporters become part of an international community of interesting like-minded people. I have been informed and stimulated but, and this is important to me, we also have a great deal of fun. It is very gratifying to see what a significant difference Outset can make with our contributions and to see the work produced by artists Outset has helped.
Picture by Jane Barlow
Leslie Hills, Outset Scotland Patron
The key to Outset is in the name. They are there at the outset of a project, able to support the realisation of an artist’s idea and watch it come to fruition.
Anna Robertson, Fine and Applied Art Section Leader, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum
Opening Thursday August 22, Mia Gourvitch solo show ‘Fruits of the Night’. Mia stayed at #OutsetArt #studiomakers at Mapu Street, Tel Aviv, and worked there on a large scale #photography #installation.
Curators: Irit Carmon Popper, Ilanit Konopny
Indie Gallery, Chlenov St 42, Tel Aviv
👩🎨A behind the scenes picture of @sofiamitsola and @miriam_naeh during a visit to the artists’ studio supported by the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize.
Last year’s winners had the chance to meet this year’s recipients of the prize who will be announced with a launch-exhibition at the Covent Garden Tiffany&Co. store in September. ✨Make sure to follow their work on Instagram!✨
We are proud to announce that Outset-supported artists JONATHAS DE ANDRADE, DORA BUDOR, CHARLES AVERY, MELVIN MOTI and SUZANNE TREISTER will be part of the 16th Istanbul Biennial, which is also supported by Outset Scotland and Netherlands.
The 16th Istanbul Biennial will unveil 38 new commissions, with 57 artists and art collectives from 26 countries, curated by the eminent art historian and curator, Nicolas Bourriaud. Entitled The Seventh Continent, it will run from September 14 to November 10, 2019 in three spectacular locations across the city: the historic Istanbul Shipyards (Tersane Istanbul), the Pera Museum in the heart of the city and in a series of historic sites in Büyükada, the largest of the so-called Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara. 📷SuzanneTreister, 2016-18, SURVIVOR (F)/Lone Star
Outset Scotland is delighted to announce their support of Monster Chetwynd’s new commission for the 16th Istanbul Biennial. Held from the 14th of September to the 10th of November, the 16th Istanbul Biennial will explore ‘The Seventh Continent’: a huge mass of waste, this new continent is of the most visible effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era characterised by the impact of human activities upon the planet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨ Monster Chetwynd is a Glasgow-based artist whose intermedia practice incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and Surrealist cinema. The artist will also be leading participatory workshops at Summerhall, Edinburgh, on the 18th of August✨
📷Monster Chetwynd for Frieze The Cell Group (Episode Two), 2016, performance documentation, Bergen Assembly. Courtesy: Bergen Assembly.
The deadline to apply for the Gasworks International Residency Programme in London from 6 January to 23 March 2020 is fast approaching! Supported by Outset in partnership with Mercedes Zobel, this long-standing initiative provides a 3-month residency for artists based in the Philippines.
👉 The Residency Comprises among other things - 24-hour access to a fully accessible studio at Gasworks, alongside other visiting artists and Gasworks’ permanent studio holders.
- Single room accommodation within Gasworks Residencies House
- Basic living expenses in London
- Economy return flights from the artist’s home city to London.
- Travel card (zones 1+2) for unlimited travel within central London for the duration of the residency.
- An artist's talk and Open Studio, or similar public presentations, at Gasworks.
Deadline - 27 AUG 2019, to apply visit @gasworkslondon .
📸Cian Dayrit, Palyon Noon, Ngayon, Mamaya, 2017. Installation. Courtesy of the artist.
CIAN DAYRIT was Gasworks' 2019 resident artist
#OutsetRecommends: "Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery” at the @wellcomecollection .
Outset-supported artist Oreet Ashery’s award-winning miniseries ‘Revisiting Genesis’ is being showed alongside influential photographer Jo Spence’s work documenting her diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent healthcare regime throughout the 1980s. Ashery’s politically engaged work explores loss and the lived experience of chronic illness in the digital era. In October 2019, a new commission by Ashery, exploring the recent death of her father, will be added to the exhibition.
📸‘Revisiting Genesis’ by Oreet Ashery is a 12-part mini-series that merges fact and fiction and brings together a range of characters. Ashery explores different ways people can be marginalised when seeking treatments, for instance if we are queer, or a migrant, or a person with a chronic illness.
From Forbes Israel: "Art and Collecting are Passions" - Interview with Christine (Christl) Novakovic, who moderated a UBS panel at Fresh Art Fair this May. The Panel was exploring the current Israeli art market. Outset Israel director Mirav Katri was invited to participate, and laid out Outset Israel's objectives in this subject. #outsetart #ubs# #freshartfair #panel #arttalk #artmarket
A close up of Deepdrippings (More Virus Than Host Version II), 2018 by Phillip Allen. Allen’s abstract work explores the visual margins and traditional rectangular boundaries of painting. See his work in The Aerodrome - An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley, and appreciate the detail up close!
👉 Open daily 11am-5pm @ikongallery
👉 The exhibition is supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, The Ampersand Foundation, Gagosian, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Modern Art Oxford and Thomas Dane Gallery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Outset Contemporary Art Fund Israel is inviting artists and curators to submit applications for supporting new artworks by Israeli artists in exhibitions taking place in 2020.
The grant will be between 10,000-40,000 Shekels, Application deadline is August 31, 2019. To apply visit our website outset.org.uk/israel/
For further information please contact: email@example.com
• Application for project in all mediums are welcome (painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance).
• The project has not exhibited in the past.
• The exhibition space is public/non-profit in Israel or abroad.
• The support is limited to an Israeli artist working locally or abroad.
• Opening during 2020, applications must include official invitation letter. .
📷Outset Israel - supported Alona Rodeh, Neither Day Nor Night, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2013
As part of the Gasworks International Residency Programme, Mercedes Zobel and Outset support a 3-month residency for artists based in the Philippines.
This opportunity will enable an early or mid-career artist based the Philippines to undertake a fully-funded residency at Gasworks in London from 6 January to 23 March 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Application Deadline 27 AUG 2019.
To apply, visit @gasworkslondon website
📸Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Figure Babel (11), 2017. Graphite and gold leaf on paper. 152.4 x 99 cm, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Silverlens Galleries.
PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO (b. 1977) was Gasworks' 2018 resident artist